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    Egypt's June 30 protest: Day 19 of a Revolution Reignited


    Egypt's June 30 protest: Day 19 of a Revolution Reignited

    This is not a second revolution; it is the Egyptian revolution's 19th day. After the 18 days of the Jan 25th revolution, June 30th represents the 19th day of Egypt’s continued battle for freedom. As protestors flood in a continuous stream once again into Tahrir Square, this article takes a look at how the epicenter of the revolution has become reignited, with renewed hope and optimism of the original revolution once again leading the street.

    Eye-witness reports indicate that the number of protesters on June 30 and June 31 have exceeded the number of Egyptians in streets on Feb 11th 2011, when Mubarak stepped down from power. CNN reports that over 30 million protestors were out on the streets on Sunday, making it perhaps the largest political rally in world history. The message is clear: the street wants the President to step down. But after only one year in office, how did Mohamed Morsi and the ruling Brotherhood reach this point? For a party that arose from the streets and the shadows, how did the Brotherhood manage to create even greater animosity than the former Mubarak regime?

    Many of yesterday’s protesters elected Morsi in the second round of the presidential elections, due to lack of strong opposition alternatives and as their only hope against a return to the former regime through election of NDP-nominated, General Ahmed Shafik. However, starting from day one, Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood were unable to fulfill their promises to office one after the other, leading the country on a downward spiral towards its current politically unstable situation.

    Morsi’s increasingly hegemonic hand has meant that the democracy which brought him to power has been gradually stifled over the course of the past year. In place of a decentralized and inclusive transitional government, Morsi has overseen the accrual of sweeping powers to the office of the Presidency, greater restrictions on journalistic freedoms, and in what is broadly perceived as a power grab the placing of MB candidates in high-ranking positions regardless of their qualifications. Yet, despite the predominance of the rhetoric of democratization amongst political circles, the street has more basic unmet needs at stake: the deep malaise underpinning this week’s events has starkly felt economic grievances at its core.

    Morsi’s moves to solve the economically critical situation in Egypt have not lived up to his promises or the economic realities of the country by any means; in only one year, Morsi’s government increased the national debt of Egypt from 35 billion dollars to more than 42 billion dollars, with inflation rates increasing dramatically. There is no turning back from June 30, having forgotten that the source of their power lies with the people, the Brotherhood and Morsi are now synonymous with economic troubles. With a failure to provide basic needs such as steady supplies of petrol, water and bread, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood has become increasingly isolated from the street whose mouths they once fed, and it is clear this has now come back to bite them.

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